September 24th, 2015

September 21, 2015--State agrees to improve flows on Lower Dolores (Durango Herald)

Colorado’s top water board agreed Tuesday to improve flows on the Lower Dolores River to boost the health of the river and its native fish. The Colorado Water Conservation Board will seek an in-stream flow right of up to 900 cubic feet per second on the Lower Dolores below its confluence with the San Miguel River. In-stream flows are designated by the board to preserve an

September 20, 2015--Gold King spill leads to state-control discussion (Durango Herald)

The recent Gold King Mine wastewater spill could breathe new life into a conversation about state control over federal lands.  A meeting of the Water Resources Review Committee on Tuesday offered a glimpse into the issue, as state lawmakers had their first opportunity since the Aug.

September 20, 2015--Utilities missing opportunity to raise revenue, study shows (Water Online)

Research shows that utilities are missing the chance to use a tool that could raise revenue. A new report by Western Resource Advocates, Ceres, and the University of North Carolina’s Environmental Finance Center shows that “very few water utilities are utilizing water connection charges to increase water-conserving residential development projects,” according to Envir

September 19, 2015--Lawmaker wary of fracking wastewater on crops (Water Online)

A California legislator wants foods made with crops that rely on recycled fracking wastewater to be labelled as such. “Assemblyman Mike Gatto, D-Glendale, said such water might include harmful contaminants, including carcinogens,” Capital Public Radio reported. “Oil companies sell Central Valley farms millions of gallons of treated wastewater every day for irrigation.

September 21st

September 18, 2015--U.S. has reached 52 percent drought (Water Online)

It’s official: Most of the U.S. is facing drought conditions. “The U.S.

September 17, 2015--Population growth may force new water partnerships across industry (Water Online)

As population growth strains the water supply in parts of Colorado, officials are considering creative new partnerships that could help ensure the availability of water. “Growth in Fort Collins and Northern Colorado has always been contingent on the availability of water.

September 16, 2015--Expert supports local fix for river (Cortez Journal)

In a 14-page legal review, a prominent Colorado water attorney concluded that a proposed national conservation area on the Lower Dolores River is a good way to protect local water rights against perceived federal threats.

September 15th

September 15, 2015--Rain-barrel discussion renewed (Durango Herald)

A legislative committee Tuesday approved drafting a bill that would legalize rain barrels. Colorado is the only state where they are illegal. The Water Resources Review Committee won’t officially vote on whether to introduce the measure as a committee until October. If the committee approves the bill, then it would be introduced at the start of the next session in January.

September 13, 2015--No snow: Californian water source at 500-year low (Associated Press)

Snow cover in the Sierra Nevada mountain range, a water lifeline for California's cities and agriculture, has hit its lowest level in 500 years, a study said Monday. Measured on April 1, the natural, frozen reservoir was barely five percent of the 1950-2000 average, threatening tens of millions of Californians and the state's $50-billion (44-billion-euro) agriculture sector with ch

September 12th

September 12, 2015--Colorado mine spill highlights Superfund challenges (Wall Street Journal)

The Colorado mine spill that sent three million gallons of toxic sludge into a river last month highlighted the struggles of the federal Superfund program to clean up contaminated mining sites across the American West. The program, administered by the Environmental Protection Agency, was set up in the 1980s to remediate the nation’s most polluted places, from old factories to landfil